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Baker fined for mashing potatoes with a tennis racket

A baker has been fined more than £150,000 for mashing potatoes with a tennis racket.

Credit: Enfield Council

Doce Bakers and Sweet Mahal, which shared the same premises, had an ongoing pest problem and filthy floors and equipment.

Credit: Enfield Council

Despite Enfield Council officers visiting the business in Edmonton, north London, last January, they found hygiene standards had fallen even lower when they visited in July.

They were astonished to find a filthy, potato-covered tennis racket in a bowl of boiled spuds.

It is believed staff rested the racket on top of the bowl and mashed the potatoes by pushing them through the strings - or even grating them into the bowl.

Sweet Mahal company director Rana Ahmed and Doce Bakers director Nizakat Ali have been fined £152,823 at Highbury Magistrates Court.

The shops were jointly used to manufacture desserts, sweets, bakery goods and samosas.

Enfield Council has a duty to protect our residents and we won't hesitate to act wherever and whenever necessary to protect them against any risk to their health.

We take a dim view of any food outlets whose premises aren't kept in a hygienic state for the manufacture of food.

Our residents have the right to expect the food they buy to be safe to eat.

– Cllr Daniel Anderson, Enfield Council's cabinet member for environment